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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Covering Up Supergirl

Yep, the fifth season of Supergirl will see a brand new costume and though many are claiming it is "covering up" an old school sexist costume it is far more practical.

Rolling around, flying and turning means that for a family series there is a lot of work to avoid embarrassment -if you know the story of the original TV Wonder Woman costumes and its boob slips and more you know what I mean!

So if you were a fan of this cossie...

You'll need to get used to this one!

Make money out of this.

As an historian I have seen many examples of people whose work, in various fields, was never appreciated and they lived hand-to-mouth existences. 

They died.

Suddenly everyone had 'always' recognised their breakthroughs and work and "Is it not a disgrace that they received npo reward or gratitude from people when they were alive!" (that usually gets written by someone who never recognised (if they knew of it) the said person's work and if they did know of it had no interest in it...until THEY could make a name for themselves.

And make money.

Nikola Tesla is one such person -well known in Eastern Europe but ignore as a distraction in the rest of the world.

That letter. A sketch...those now become big earners for the fake admirers.

It is even worse in comics where there is example after example of great creators, badly paid but greatly admired (when they end up in nursing homes or hospitals and appeals go out to help now that they need it..."he wasn't that good an artist/writer" seems to be an excuse offered to ignore appeals - but oh the praise when that much admired person dies!

Even today, 2019 creators are treated like shit. Exploited by 'caring, honest and good' publishers who milk every red penny from their work -"Hey, we found some unfinished pages and we are putting them into a book so you suckers give us your money!"

I am not even going to apologise if that sounds a little dark because that is what comics always has been.

Here is the thing though: I have decided not to become part of that greed machine.  I have arranged (legally) that when I snuff it my online bookstore is deleted along with all files.  But then I have rough pages, character sketches, original pages of art, correspondence covering over 45 years.

Well, I found the solution to people getting their hands on any of that (if they were interested) and it took from 20:00-23:00 hours yesterday to carry out but here you go. Make money out of this.

I need the money while I'm alive.

Monday, 15 July 2019

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Updated Regularly!

Also please check out the online store.


Saturday, 13 July 2019

BOOKS Synopses and word counts



UFO Contact? Looking At The Evidence For Extraterrestrial Visitation

171,972 words
530 pages
illustrated with maps, photographs and more

B&W

Since 1947 it has been claimed that UFOs/flying saucers are evidence of aliens visiting the Earth.  Since the 1950s claims of encounters with landed craft and alien beings were talked about but not taken seriously.

In the 1960s the subject of UFO abduction was a "slow-burner" until the whole "Grey" abduction phenomenon and claims made by researchers such as Budd Hopkins, Prof. John Mack and Dr David Jacobs and Whitley Streiber.

But is there evidence to back up any of the claims -and what about those encountering Alien Entities but who were not abducted?

Are these people all hoaxers, psychotic or suffering from some other mental illness as some claim?

Are those people who were exposed by Ufologists against their wishes, people who wanted to report what happened and then just get back to their everyday lives -thrust into the media glare against their will?

And if US authorities were so interested that in one case at least they broke into the home of two abductees and this was later proven -why?

Why did a hard core of these people never want publicity or to make money from what happened to them?

Above all, why did a major UFO landing incident take place on a US Inbterstate road in front of a large number of observers (all willing to talk to investigators) never get investigated? If it were not for a radio presenter interviewing and taking notes we would know nothing of the case -it would be labelled "insubstantial".

James and Coral Lorensen -the Scopolamine Kids; using a very notorious "truth drug" on alleged UFO witnesses and selling stories to newspapers.  An investigator (a veteran) showing a witness images of "aliens" encountered in other cases before any memories were retrieved.  Worst of all, the constant "pissing competition" and breaches of trust between UFO investigators.

2017 is the time to assess the past evidence and look at the faults within Ufology.

Not everyone is going to be happy -debunkers or ufologists.


Unidentified -Identified
Second Book in the series

73,671 words
220 pages
A4
perfect bound
paperback
Fully illustrated with photographs and illustrations

The follow up to the comprehensive book "UFO Contact?"

The Author spent 1974 to 2018 specializing in the investigation and research of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (CE3K) and alien entity cases; the former involving an Unidentified Flying Object and the latter, apparently, involving none.

Previously unreported cases as well as 'lost' cases are looked at as well as the possibility that some percients suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome after their encounters.

A must read for those with a serious interest in UFOs

Some of the contents:

The Nottinghamshire UFO Crash of 1987…or 1988                                 

The Llandrillo ‘Saucer’ and Berwyn Mountains ‘UFO’ Crash Retrieval

Strange Pennsylvania Entity Encounter                                                       

UFO Abductees and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome                           

The UFO That Landed On A US Highway                                                 

My Encounters With The Men In Black                                                       

A Previously Un-noted Alien Entity Type                                           
   
Early 20th Century UK Close Encounters of the Third Kind                   

Close Encounter with a Boggart                                                                     

Some Odd and Unusual Cases                                                                     

Rosa Lotti and the Happy Entities                                                               

The Strange Case of the Woollaton Gnomes and the Mince-pie Martians

What Happened on the Isle of Wight and at Felixstowe?                         

The ‘Lost’ Belgian UFO Landing Case                                                     

Strange Aliens from Outer Space?                                                           

Encounter with Black Aliens and Landed UFO                             
       
Preliminary UK CE3K/Alien Entity Catalogue


Third Book in the Series
Contact! Encounters With Extra Terrestrial Entities?

140,865 words
370pp
Black & white
Profusely illustrated

The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) says that we may have to wait many thousands of years before any signals sent gets a response if they are detected.

The real SETI may already have established the there is alien life –and it has been visiting Earth for at least 70 years.

Once the mass of reports of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and entity encounters are sifted there remains a strong core of cases that defy logical explanation and suggest that these encounters have resulted in physiological effects and post traumatic stress.

Terry Hooper-Scharf of the CE3K/AE Project has led research into these reports for over 40 years and in this work takes a look at rare or obscure reports as well as cataloguing encounters from Germany and Portugal and focuses in on correlations in the reports and how the Dandenong (Kelly Cahill) encounter could be the best case ever reported.

Have the serious investigators and researchers looking into UFOs been unearthing better evidence of extra terrestrial life and contact with humans than established
SETI ?


Some Things Strange & Sinister

92,979 words
B&W
358 pages
Photographs, illustrations, line work and maps

After more than 30+ years as an investigator and more than forty as a naturalist,the author has opened some of the many files he has accumulated dealing with such things as..

The Terrifying Events At The Lamb Inn,
The Ghosts Of All Saints Church,
Dead Aquatic Creatures of Canvey Island,
captured bigfoot like creatures in India -all exclusively presented for the first time and with new added research previously unseen.

PLUS a vastly expanded section on Spring-heeled Jack!

Photographs,maps,line drawings and up-dated to make 358 pages looking at Things truly Strange and Sinister. Cryptozoologist,Ghost Hunter,Ufologist or Fortean: this book has something for everyone -including the just plain inquisitive!


Some More Things Strange & Sinister

96,931 words
322 pages
B&W
Illustrated throughout

Follow-up to Some Things Strange & Sinister.  For those interested in Ufology, cryptozoology, hominology, unusual natural history, ghosts and mysteries in general.

The secret history of gorillas -before they were officially 'discovered' along with exclusive lost photographs.  Wild men of Europe, the UK and US; from the bizarre to blood chilling. Hominology.

Giant snakes.  Amazons. The Giant serpent of Carthage. Girt Dog of Ennerdale.  The Beast of Gevaudan. Crocodiles in the UK. Silent City of Alaska.

And much more. 

Updated with extra pages and photographs.



Pursuing The Strange & Weird A Naturalist's Viewpoint


66, 911 words
240 pp
B&W
Profusely Illustrated with photographs and illustrations
List Price: £20.00


UP DATE -From Dead Aquatic (Humanoid) Creatures, the giant squid and yet undiscovered sea creatures; submarine and ships crews encountering true leviathans. This is a fully expanded section which also refers to the so-called ‘Ningen’ sightings and video footage.

Extinct animals at sea that have been re-discovered.

The subject of Sasquatch and other mystery Hominids around the world is dealt with including a look at the “Sasquatch-killer”, Justin Smeja. Dr. Bryan Sykes and his DNA test results for TVs The Bigfoot Files as well as the controversial Erickson Project and Dr. Melba Ketchum’s even more controversial Sasquatch DNA test results.

Also included are two early French UFO entity cases that still baffle.

Ghosts, strange creatures and the Star-Child hoax. All dealt with by the naturalist and pursuer of the strange and weird


Mysterious & Strange Beasts

70,539 words
B&W
324 pp
Illustrated throughout

 contents:

The Monster of the Forest of Mouliere
The Beast of Lyonnais
The Beast of Cevennes, Gard and Vivarais   
The Beast of Sarlat 
The Beast of Gevaudan 
British Man Beasts 
Bigfoot and Werewolves in the West Midlands 
The Strange Creature in Repton Woods
Bigfoot Returns – To Kent!   
Werewolf!     
The Curious and Frightening Case of the Hull Werewolf   
The Gnome of Girona 
The Caponi Close Encounters and Photographs   
Return of the Shark Killing Thing –a Possible Identification 
The Dingellchough Mystery Creature
The Unidentified Corfu Sea Creature       
Strange Sea Creature Found In Persian Gulf 
The Devil of Gatagon   
The Supernatural Invasion: Slender-man and Black Eyed Kids 
The Sheep Killer of Niali   
Mystery Creature of the Bay of Flamanville
Things Caught on Camera –Fact and Fiction 
The Bat Creatures   
The Owl-man
The British Pig-man and Snake-man 
The Pictish Beast           
Shunka Warak'in –A Hyena Too Far?
The Chupacabra



Red Paper 1: Foxes, Wolves, Coyotes & Jackals in the UK

67,261 words
202 Pages
maps, illustrations and photographs

The Red Paper: Canids Up-dated  edition includes section on sarcoptic mange in foxes and treatment plus a list of wildlife sanctuaries and rescue centres in the UK.

By the 1700s the British fox was on the verge of extinction and about to follow the bear and wolf having been hunted for sport for centuries. The answer was to import thousands of foxes per year for sport. But foxes kept dying out so jackals were tried. Some were caught, some escaped. Even wolves and coyote were released for hunting.


The summation of over 30 years research reveals the damnable lie of "pest control" hunting but also reveals the cruelty the animals were subject to and how private menageries as well as travelling shows helped provide the British and Irish countryside with some incredible events.

Notes

The most significant aspects of each book is that, unlike many writers before, I tracked down the original sources and carried out much newspaper and archive research. This means that for the first time in many cases, actual facts are given rather than misinterpretation from constant cribbing -which also led to many false additions.

All of the research from over 40 years has also resulted in many claimed lost photographs (the City in the Sky in Alaska)bei ng found.  Some have not seen publication in over 100 years or more.

In the case of the Red Paper,photographs, newspaper illustrations and sketches and much more were uncovered.

Dr Mark Rodheiger of the J. Allen Hynek Centre for UFO Studies (set up by former USAF consultant and astronomer Dr J Allen Hynek) read UFO Contact and stated that:

"...I find it to be an impressive body of work. I appreciate your lively writing, use of original sources as much as possible, and forceful opinions about the cases, investigators, etc. And I concur with your evaluations of cases that have been pushed aside, such as Kelly, or Pascagoula."

Which is considered praise indeed.

Each book is unique in looking at the evidence without bias and drawing conclusions based on the evidence and not wild or sensationalist speculation.


Terry Hooper-Scharf


blacktowercg@hotmail

Black Tower Comics & Books

I gave up promoting books online at around 0230 hrs this morning.
As I did not sleep I took a serious look at things.
I put a lot of work into this Face Book pageI checked. 500 views in a week and out of those only 3 bothered to click "Like" -the best way of showing support and getting BTC&B noticed more. Seriously, THAT difficult to click "Like".
Also, I ran through the latest blog figures -not including social media etc but just the blogs.
Total views: 4, 254,510
And three sales since 2018.
I check the online story daily as part of the routine. For the last few years this has been constant zeros with the occasional sale.
John Spencer comics in the 1960s was partly killed off because comic fans did not buy and wanted the full colour US comics. Decades later the exploitationists are trying to sell thpse comics for extortionate prices.
In the 1980s the same thing happened to Alan Class but then the exploitationists jumped in to claim him and hoist prices on books beyond anything justifiable.
In my case, the 'comic community' has been purely negative and offered no support -whilst taking as much free publicity as it can. Comic fans do not really exist any more and the ones whop claim to support Independent comics rarely do.
If you read online how so-and-so has put their money where their mouths are and have bought or are going to buy my books: they are liars. I see any sales and they have not happened.
Unlike Class or Spencer no exploitationists will make any money from me when I croak and claim "rare" or "extremely rare". I have the copies of all my books that I need and I know for a fact that those, like my comic collection, are either going to be burnt or dumped in a bin -my family have told me so. My books will be beyond very rare...if copies exist.,
What I decided early this morning is that Black Tower Comics & Books will continue until my next birthday in 2020 (IF I live that long!). If the situation remains the same as the last few years there is no point going on.
The online store will close. All my comic blogs will close. This FB page will go.
I doubt that my love of comics will ever go but working 19-22 hours a day (insomnia since I was a nipper) to promote and try to sell books that no one wants is time consuming. I'd like to do more in my later years than go through daily misery.
So 6th June 2020 will be the cut off date but I'm not promising that it won't happen before. No one has interest in my books while I am alive so screw them when I'm gone !
End of announcement

Thursday, 11 July 2019

BOWIE Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams

There has been a LOT of excitement since this book was announced -do not miss out!

Written by: Laura AllredMichael AllredSteve Horton
  • Format: Hardbound
  • Categories: ComicsMusic.
  • Published on: 1/7/2020
  • ISBN: 9781683834489
  • Pages: 160
  • Trim Size: 8.5 x 11.25
  • Season: Spring 2020

Product Description

In life, David Bowie was one of the most magnetic icons of modern pop culture, seducing generations of fans with both his music and his counterculture persona. In death, the cult of Bowie has only intensified. As a musician alone, Bowie’s legacy is remarkable, but his place in the popular imagination is due to so much more than his music. As a visual performer, he defied classification with his psychedelic aesthetics, his larger-than-life image, and his way of hovering on the border of the surreal.
BOWIE: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams chronicles the rise of Bowie’s career from obscurity to fame; and paralleled by the rise and fall of his alter ego as well as the rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust. As the Spiders from Mars slowly implode, Bowie wrestles with his Ziggy persona. The outcome of this internal conflict will change not only David Bowie, but also, the world.

About the Author

Michael Allred, Artist: Michael Allred is the artist behind such classic graphic novel works as Madman, Silver Surfer, Red Rocket 7, and iZombie. Michael’s work on the eighth volume of the Fables graphic novel landed him on the New York Times bestseller list for graphic fiction for 10 weeks in a row. He has been co-creator or substantial contributor to such seminal works as SANDMAN, SILVER SURFER, FABLES, BATMAN ’66, X-FORCE, X-STATIX, and iZombie. This last became a TV series on The CW in 2015 and was just renewed for a fourth season. Allred has more than 35,000 Twitter followers and 8,000 Facebook likes.

Laura Allred, Artist: Laura Allred is an Eisner-winning colorist. She has colored most of Michael’s work for decades. In 2012 she won an Eisner Award for her work coloring iZombie and Madman after two previous nominations, in 1998 for Red Rocket 7 and 2000 for Madman and Happydale in 2000. She has also produced celebrated works with other artists such as Jamie Hernandez, Joelle Jones, Art Adams, Geof Darrow, Paul Pope, and Darwyn Cooke.

Steve Horton, Author: Steve Horton is the writer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed IDW series, Satellite Falling, which award-winning comics writer Jimmy Palmiotti called his "new favorite book," as well as the Dark Horse series, Amala's Blade. Horton has worked for a number of comic book publishers, including DC, Image, Dark Horse and IDW.




Please Remember...

...the Black Tower Comics & Books Face Book page is regularly updated (see blogroll).

Also, please check out the online store....I need to build up a fund to buy a new PC (oh, and eat!)

Friday, 5 July 2019

computer

everything on my screen looks like a washed out colour photocopy,

if i vanish from the internet....that'll be CBO gone too. But plenty for you to read here.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Walking Dead's TV future

confirmed after comic abruptly ends

Photo credit: Gene Page - AMC
Note: This article contains spoilers for The Walking Dead comics.
The TV future of The Walking Dead has been confirmed, following the end of the comic series after 193 issues this month.
In the final pages of issue #193, creator Robert Kirkman acknowledged that the unexpected ending of the comic series may frustrate some fans, but explained that it was something necessary to be done.
Photo credit: Gene Page - AMC
"In a way, killing this series has been a lot like killing a major character," Kirkman wrote. "Much, much harder… but the same feeling. I don't want to do it. I'd rather keep going.
"But the story is telling me what it wants and what it needs. This needs to happen. Whether I want it or not."
However, even though the comic series served as a basis for the TV adaptation, AMC's show has moved on from its original source, making a number of changes during its nine seasons so far.
While protagonist Rick Grimes gets murdered in the comic books, the TV version of the character will remain alive as he will be getting his own spin-off movie.
And AMC has now explained in a statement: "This extraordinary comic created a world that already lives in multiple forms, and in the hearts and minds of millions of fans around the world, and will for many years to come."
Photo credit: Jackson Lee Davis - AMC
We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article.
So, the TV show is around "for many years" yet. We're holding you to that, AMC.
The series is currently filming its 10th season and is in the middle of the Whisperers arc.

This is why selling my books REALLY matters

Looks like I am going to join the ranks of the very poor and almost blind comic creators. This is why selling my books REALLY matters...to me at least.

Bristol Eye Hospital sent me as letter as a follow up to my diabetic eye screening:

"Your test results show signs of diabetic maculopathy that need to be further examined. Diabetic maculopathy is a condition where there are changes to the blood vessels on the macula, the central part of the retina at the back of your eye."

So regular checks -the next in September.

If you are thinking of a career in comics -DON'T!!!!!!

Xanadu XVI edizione

Nerdzig auf der Comic Con Germany Stuttgart 2019

Monday, 1 July 2019

Updated: Interesting

Interesting that the UK and British Golden Age blogs have been visited by a total of 37,755 times and my Yahoo group more than that.

Only two of those 37,755 people bought Golden Age reprint books.

Everyone wants to grab things for free but support the work by buying? No.

I am closing the blogs. Too much work for nothing. Sad and very, very depressing

I had the upsurge in interest might bring about sales but it seems to have only allowed more images and info to be stolen and used by others.

Anyway, putting this year's one sale into perspective and ignoring Tweet and all the other numbers, just blog views, the total so far this year is...

4,246,103

one sale

It is a sad that all the negativity and harassment over 20 years from the 'nice guys' in British comics and all their antics mean nothing. I do not even think of those people as they are quite sad people.

What has killed me off are the alleged comic fans and supporters of independent comics -especially those writing on comic forums that they have "just ordered" books from me to show how they support independent creators -I can tell you that those people are lying. I know of only two people on comic forums who have purchased my books.

Over 40 years and to see comics in the UK come down to 'fans' stealing via illegal downloads and thinking that is okay and not showing an iota of support for the home grown industry.

That is very, very depressing.

Goodbye.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Ecco le date di BilBOlbul 2019

Cinebook Ltd Newsletter 138 - June 2019


Dear Reader,
Do you like new stuff? Who doesn't, right? Well, we've got you covered this month - starting with a new series that's part spy thriller, part road movie - and what a road! Welcome to the legendary Route 66. The 'main street of America' will take you through five states - for five volumes - on the heels of a father and his son seemingly fleeing a serial killer. And the FBI. And possibly the KGB as well. Ooooooh, boy ...
Now, I know what you're going to say: after 73 volumes translated and published, Lucky Luke is hardly new. True, but this format is! Allow us to present the long-awaited Complete Collection of your favourite lonesome cowboy. Gorgeous hardback edition, with three volumes worth of material in the original publishing order, including a few panels and pages previously unpublished, and over 40 pages of introduction on the character and the author. Who could say no to that?
Last but not least, it's time to return to the In-Between World and find out what happened to our friends from Alone - because the last time we saw them, things were looking pretty unpleasant. Unexpectedly, it might be Terry's turn to shine - and even grow up a little ...
June with Cinebook: get your kicks with our fine comics!


Alone 10 
Gazzotti & Vehlmann
The Machine for Undying
Murdered by the First Families' war leader, Camille has finally shown her true nature: she is the Midnight-Child, the envoy of Evil! Her friends, however, don't know it yet, as they've all been scattered by accident or treachery. Leila, imprisoned by Neosalem's authorities. Dodzi, captured by their enemies of the Last Families. Ivan, presumed dead ... Read more

Lucky Luke 
Morris
The Complete Collection Volume 1
After 70 years of life and over 70 translated volumes, it was high time English-speaking readers were offered a hardback collected edition. This first volume contains the first seven adventures of Lucky Luke, previously published as volumes Arizona, Rodeo and Dick Digger's Gold Mine... Read more

The Route 66 List 1 
Eric Stalner
Illinois
1961, Illinois. Alex Poliac buries his wife Alice. That evening, he and his son flee their home. Not because he is a suspect in Alice's death, but because a serial killer - The Clown - is prowling the state, and Alex knows how he picks his victims... Read more
Islandia 1
Boreal Landing

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